On Monday 22 February, the federal government will publish its “roadmap” detailing plans to lift the current lockdown limitations in England.
While the complete plans are yet to be revealed, some information have actually emerged about how procedures may be unwinded in the coming weeks.
It’s believed, for example, that schools will be reopened on 8 March, while outdoor meetings may likewise be permitted as we move into spring.
Nevertheless, no such indicators have actually been offered for when hospitality and non-essential retail and may resume.
The latter consists of hair stylists and other beauty salons. Here’s what we understand so far about when they may reopen.
When will hair stylists resume?
In England, hairdressers have been closed because the 3rd national lockdown was imposed on 5 January.
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They had previously had the ability to operate with Covid-secure measures in tier 1, 2, and 3 locations.
Now, while it’s not yet clear when and how lockdown restrictions will be reduced, it’s likely that hair stylists, together with other beauty parlor, will not be permitted to reopen again until the government reopens all non-essential retail.
The government has not revealed its prepare for reopening non-essential retail, but Mr Johnson has previously stated of his strategy that “going down the tiers in a national method” may be “much better this time round”, which has actually been understood to suggest that non-essential businesses could be allowed to open all at once instead of in a staggered manner as before.
Welsh ministers have actually said they will discuss reducing some coronavirus lockdown constraints on non-essential retail in the coming weeks.
Today, Mark Drakeford stated hairdressers might be among the non-essential stores to resume on 15 March, however alerted any reducing would be progressive.
Can you still reserve a hairstyle?
Depending on what services your regional hair stylist offers, you might be able to secure a consultation now to guarantee that, when your hairdresser is allowed to reopen, you have actually a confirmed booking.
This might be advisable thinking about how popular hairdressing services were when they resumed in the summer season, with reports of people lining up outside hair salons at midnight to ensure they were first in line for a visit.
What rules will hairdressers have to comply with when they resume?
Hair stylists, barbers and other “close contact services” are a few of the hardest for the government to resume due to the distance in between clients and workers. When they were allowed to open for services in July, that consisted of treatments that “connect to cutting or treating hair on the head” but did not consist of services like nail salons and tanning.
As social distancing is not possible when having your hair done, your hairdresser will likely need to wear a visor according to the government’s guidelines. Last time around, the National Hair and Charm Federation likewise discouraged talking, and hairdressers were informed to keep hair-cutting time to a minimum, and any in person conversations will have to be side-to-side.
How safe are hair stylists and barbers?
Dr Simon Clarke, teacher in microbiology at University of Reading, states: “You’re in close proximity to someone so there is a certain quantity of threat – if they [hairdresser] are bring the infection then a visor isn’t going to use you total security due to the fact that when they talk or breathe out that is directed downwards. There is no easy response to these things you’ve got to weigh up the dangers on your own.”
Dr Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University and on the Department of Health’s Nervtag (New and Emerging Breathing Infection Threats Group), which recommends the Chief Medical Officer on the hazard posed by brand-new viruses, states: “Hairdressers do not spend a great deal of time in person with clients, the interaction is through the mirror generally. In a sense the consumer’s best security is having confidence in the requirements of these locations which are used to being sterilized anyhow.”